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Better Stands

Exhibiting sustainably at Fi Europe

Better Stands at Fi Europe

At Fi Europe, your stand is your identity, built to capture the attention of thousands of attendees looking to connect with their next business partner. And we’re proud to offer you a platform to create these invaluable connections and showcase your brand. We’re also conscious of the waste that comes from ‘single-use’ stands.


We’ve introduced our Better Stands initiative to move away from disposable stands in favour of re-usable or recyclable structures at our events. We believe that we can work together with you and your contractors to eliminate considerable waste while still giving you an unparalleled exhibiting experience.

Exhibitors at Fi Europe

Sustainable design

Why ‘Better Stands’?

Move away from single-use stands
Single use stands are space only builds that are used only once and create environmental and health and safety issues onsite.
Switch to reusable stands
Switching to reusable stands where all core elements are reusable reduces waste and ensures safer, smoother and stress-free build & breakdown.
Built for the future
The Better Stands vision
There are no shortcuts to sustainability, and the only way to get there is by working together with our entire F&B community. To make things easier, we have introduced different tiers of Better Stands for space only stands. We recommend that space only exhibitors work towards achieving at least Bronze status in 2024. So, now is the time to have a conversation with your contractor about moving towards a sustainable solution. All space only stands are independently verified at the end of the event to determine their individual level.


• Stand structure & walls
• Platform
• Furniture & equipment
• Lighting



• Stand structure & walls
• Platform 
• Furniture & equipment
• Lighting
• Fascia & overhead signage
• Rigged structure
• Ceiling
• Display facilities


• Stand structure & walls
• Platform
• Furniture & equipment
• Lighting
• Fascia & overhead signage
• Rigged structure
• Ceiling
• Display facilities

Reusable or recyclable:

• Graphics & decorative items
• Floor covering

"In our journey towards driving sustainability, we’re working to create a better work environment for our exhibitors, contractors and staff while reducing waste and carbon emissions. Better Stands is a step towards delivering a cleaner and greener event experience."

Yannick Verry

Brand Manager, Fi Europe

What's in it for you?

Work with us

Better cost savings compared to disposable stands
Build to your design, simply meeting material regulations
Reduced waste and a safer, more efficient work environment
Promote your sustainability credentials as a brand

Where to get started

1 Your contractor builds your stand from reusable components used at other events

2 Your contractor builds you a modular stand that you can store and reuse again

show floor image of exhibitor stands
Start the conversation with your contractor
Frequently asked questions from exhibitors and contractors
Why Better Stands?

Disposable stands cause environmental, health and safety and wellbeing issues onsite at our events. Across Informa in 2019, disposable stands/booths equated to over 80% of our total waste generated at events. Proactively addressing this practice globally, at events like Fi Europe is key to creating a more sustainable events industry.

What is a disposable stand?

When we talk about disposable stands, we mean single use, disposable booths made from raw materials onsite, such as chipboard, particleboard or low-density fiberboard (LDF). Quality of finish is often compromised due to working time pressures.

What is a reusable / non-disposable stand?

A non-disposable/reusable stand is constructed using materials designed to be used multiple times. For example:

• Frame and fabric

• Wood stock panels

• Aluminium modular

• Cardboard flat pack

• Exhibitor owner OR rented

• Plus many others!

There are almost endless variations of multiple use stands to suit every size and desired appearance. The cost of these stands is generally lower than for disposable stands, helping reduce outlay and provide a better long-term investment.

How do I know if my stand is Bronze, Silver or Gold?

All stands at Fi Europe will be independently verified to determine which level they have achieved. Better Stands exhibitors will receive certification following the verification to confirm the level they have achieved.

What about shell scheme or Modular Stand Design stands?

These are already compliant with our sustainability measures. Better Stands is targeted at space only builds, which historically create the most waste.

What else are you doing to make Fi Europe more sustainable?

Food Ingredients Europe informs, inspires, and connects the global food industry to shape a more sustainable food system that is economically resilient, environmentally sound, and better for people around the world. You can find out more about sustainability at Fi Europe here.

I have a question that hasn’t been answered here

Please contact us here or get in touch directly with your account manager to discuss exhibiting more sustainably.